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Papers of Anthony Cooper and Meroë Fleming, 1937-2020



  • 1937-2020

Language of Materials

  • English

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. 9101/115-MS. 9101/117

Biographical / Historical

Anthony Cooper, businessman, studied at University College, Oxford. Meroë Fleming was the daughter of John Garstang (1876-1956), archaeologist, Professor of the Methods and Practice of Archaeology, University of Liverpool 1907-1941. Garstang worked on the excavation of Meroë, Sudan, in the early 20th century.

Custodial History

In around 2000, during their time in Lescure, in the Ariège, Giles and Dr. Lisa Barber discovered a large collection of mainly English books and papers in a 'brocante' or second-hand shop in the town of Saint Girons, about 10km from their home. The shopowner knew only that they came from a house clearance in the nearby village of Bouche and was anxious to dispose of them. The Barbers agreed to purchase the entire collection. Gradually, as they sorted the materials, they discovered clues to the identity of the previous owners, Anthony Cooper and Meroë Fleming.

Many of the books were later gifted to the English department of the new university at Albi, and others were passed on to friends, donated to charity bazaars, or sold. The papers were retained by the Barbers.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom